On the latest episode of the Pancakes and Powerslams Show, I had the pleasure to speak with former Intercontinental and United States Champion Carlito. In this interview, he had much to share concerning his lineage as a Colon, experience with WWE, current endeavors, and more. Here are some highlights:
His first match with John Cena, winning the US Title:
"It was more just nerves. I was like man I have to go out there and [fight] the company's top guy, got to go out there and perform. I was more worried about executing my job correctly and doing a good job than actually thinking about what was happening."
His early days in the WWE:
"I just remember getting injured not too far from my start. I wish I had not been injured for those couple of months, I felt I could have had a better rivalry with John Cena. [Jesús is] a good dude, I still see him from time to time at different shows. I always got along with him. They always liked putting me with people, I always like being by myself. I just felt better on my own, but me and Jesús could have done some more stuff, I was just injured at the time."
Feuding with Ric Flair:
"Looking back, I assume it was great. Of course it is great to go in there with a guy like Ric Flair. A great learning experience, but at the time it was just another day at the job. Just go out there and entertain the people."
His departure from WWE:
"I probably was just burnt out and tired of being frustrated. I'm weird like that, once I check out, I just really didn't care about anything. I was just counting my days to get away. Some time off would have been healthy for me."
Past rumors of surprise Royal Rumble entrant and talks with TNA:
"None of them were true. I think they only said the Royal Rumble one because I was in the same town. I get it, they were just trying to stir up controversy, it's what you do to get excited over something, so it was good on their part. TNA, I had a couple talks with people, but didn't go far. Just at that time, I was done with American TV wrestling, I just needed time to get myself together. Even if I went to TNA, I felt like I wouldn't have been able to help out. I was still mentally checked out."